Moto G60 review – 108MP snapper sounds impressive, but numbers don’t always paint a detailed picture

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Moto G60 review – 108MP snapper sounds impressive, but numbers don’t always paint a detailed picture
Moto G60Rounak Jain
  • Moto G60 is the company’s latest smartphone in the budget-oriented G series.
  • This sub-₹20,000 phone might be Motorola’s best foot forward, especially in a highly crowded market.
  • The primary highlight of the Moto G60 is its 108MP camera, but as usual, it’s important to look beyond the numbers to get the full picture.
  • Check out our Moto G60 review to find out if you should consider it for your next purchase.
Motorola has been expanding its portfolio of G-series smartphones in India, each catering to a slightly different set of users at different price points.

As has been the case with Moto smartphones since the original Moto G’s launch in 2013, the Moto G60 also offers a bloat-free experience without any ads and distracting features. But the most important selling point for budget smartphones in India is undoubtedly the value for money that they offer.

With that in mind, the Moto G60 targets the ever-crowded sub-₹20,000 price segment, which has some competitive options from Xiaomi and Realme. And this time around, Motorola seems to have packed in enough firepower in the Moto G60 – at least on paper.

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I have been testing the Moto G60 for a while now and here is my detailed review.

Moto G60 price and availability



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The Moto G60 is priced at ₹17,999. It is offered in a single variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It comes in two colours – Dynamic Gray and Frosted Champagne.

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At this price point, there are a few other options that are worth considering:

PhonePrice
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro₹15,999
Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G₹16,999
Realme 8 Pro₹17,999
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max₹18,999
Poco X3 Pro₹18,999
Samsung Galaxy M51₹20,999

Design, build quality and display



The Moto G60 is a vanilla smartphone, both hardware and software-wise. While this isn’t a bad thing usually, the fact that the G60 is a chunky, heavy phone is not something that can be ignored. With 225 grams weight, 9.8mm thickness and a massive 6.8-inch display, single-handed usage is tough.
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Moto G60 review – 108MP snapper sounds impressive, but numbers don’t always paint a detailed picture
The Moto G60 from the sideRounak Jain

Some of the blame for the phone’s thickness and weight can be assigned to the massive 6,000mAh battery, but there are other phones with bigger batteries that weigh less and are slimmer. For instance, the Galaxy F62 has a 7,000mAh battery that weighs 218 grams.

Moto G60 review – 108MP snapper sounds impressive, but numbers don’t always paint a detailed picture
Moto G60 back panelRounak Jain

Despite being a plastic phone, the Moto G60 looks and feels well made. The back of the phone is glossy and a fingerprint magnet, but it feels good to hold. The camera module does feel a little hastily designed, though. Along with the camera bump and the bad finish, it sticks out like a sore thumb.
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Moto G60 review – 108MP snapper sounds impressive, but numbers don’t always paint a detailed picture
Moto G60 frontRounak Jain

The front of the Moto G60 houses a massive 6.8-inch display. Like many other phones in this range, the G60 also has a Full HD+ panel with 120Hz refresh rate, so scrolling, animations and gaming should look smooth and stutter-free.

Software – clean and bloat-free



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Motorola does well on the software side and the Moto G60 comes with Android 11 out of the box. The device offers an almost stock Android experience along with some customization options that help in improving the user experience.

Moto G60 review – 108MP snapper sounds impressive, but numbers don’t always paint a detailed picture
Moto G60 user interfaceRounak Jain

The phone comes with the Moto app pre-installed which lets you customise the theme with different colour schemes and icon shapes. You can also enable up to six different gestures to quickly access the camera, turn on the flashlight, unlock the phone and more.

Performance and battery life


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The Moto G60 is equipped with the Snapdragon 732G chipset coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

In our usage, we found the Moto G60 to be adequately fast and smooth for daily tasks such as browsing, using social media and clicking pictures. We found that the Snapdragon 732G chipset is moderately powerful and offers good performance for the price. While the normal usage is smooth, we did notice some stuttering while playing heavy games such as Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9.

The device is powered by a 6,000mAh battery and comes with 20W fast charging support. As the device offers only 20W fast charging and comes with a huge battery, it takes over 2 hours and 20 minutes to fully charge the device. It offers more than a day’s usage with moderate gaming, streaming, messaging and calls.
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Camera



The Moto G60 is one of the few budget smartphones out there with a 108MP camera. It’s a great number when it comes to marketing, but numbers alone can be misleading.

Moto G60 review – 108MP snapper sounds impressive, but numbers don’t always paint a detailed picture
Moto G60 rear camera

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What’s important in a camera is the amount of data it captures and how it processes it to deliver crisp details, minimum noise and accurate colour reproduction alongside other factors.

Moto G60 review – 108MP snapper sounds impressive, but numbers don’t always paint a detailed picture
Image captured in day light conditionsRounak Jain

The Moto G60, in most cases, performs adequately well when it comes to daylight photos. There’s some room for improvement, especially when it comes to colour accuracy and details.

Moto G60 review – 108MP snapper sounds impressive, but numbers don’t always paint a detailed picture
Image captured in wide-angle modeRounak Jain

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However, that said, there is a noticeable improvement in the way Motorola handles images now when compared to previously launched Moto smartphones. If you’re just looking to share photos on social media or amongst your family and friends on WhatsApp, the Moto G60 does well enough.

But if you’re a pixel-peeper, you might end up noticing the less-than-stellar details and colour reproduction.

Photos captured in low light conditions at night were average and we found the color tone to be slightly off in these images.

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The selfie camera is decent and produces good images with accurate colors in daylight conditions. Selfies captured at night are not as accurate and there is some room for improvement.

Verdict



With the Moto G60, Motorola has tried to strike a good balance between price, performance and to some extent, the design. It has to fend off tough rivals like the Realme 8 Pro and the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, and at a slightly higher price, the Mi 10i.

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The only concern in my usage was the camera experience – Motorola has improved the image quality compared to previous Moto G-series smartphones, but it still has some way to go.

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